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Finding Harmony: The Dog that Taught a Young Woman to Live Again
     

Finding Harmony: The Dog that Taught a Young Woman to Live Again

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by Sally Hyder
 

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Heartwarming, inspirational and genuinely touching, Finding Harmony is the remarkable true story of an extraordinary dog that rescued a woman from the depths of depression and transformed a family for ever.A keen mountaineer, Sally Hyder was in her prime and loving life. She shared her passion for climbing with her partner Andrew and it was a dream come true when

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Heartwarming, inspirational and genuinely touching, Finding Harmony is the remarkable true story of an extraordinary dog that rescued a woman from the depths of depression and transformed a family for ever.A keen mountaineer, Sally Hyder was in her prime and loving life. She shared her passion for climbing with her partner Andrew and it was a dream come true when Andrew proposed at Everest Base Camp. For them, climbing mountains made anything seem possible and represented their attitude to life.But a year after Sally and Andrew were married Sally was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She was only 28 and was training to be a Macmillan nurse – she wanted to care for the terminally ill. But Sally was determined the disease wouldn't slow her down: she went back to work looking after others and, despite warnings that her condition could deteriorate in pregnancy, went on to have three beautiful children.But it was when her youngest child Melissa was diagnosed with severe autism that Sally began to spiral into depression. Sally felt guilty about the pressures faced by her elder daughter Clara in her role as carer. Sally worried that she was missing out on the freedom of childhood.She needed help. Unsure who to turn to, she happened upon Canine Partners and an extraordinary dog called Harmony. They formed an instant bond; Harmony can perform over 100 chores – from putting groceries into the trolley to handing over Sally's purse at the till. Harmony is an unending source of comfort: she intuitively knows when Sally is in pain and calms Melissa when she suffers panic attacks.Harmony has given Sally the ability to start living once more, and become a mother again in her own way. She has shown Sally that the sky's the limit and, with a taste for independence that she hadn't felt since her mountaineering days, Sally set her sights on the peaks of Ben Nevis once more.In August 2010 Sally planned to climb the hardest of the Munro Mountains. Sadly her first attempt was thwarted after her motorised wheelchair short-circuited. But Sally is a fighter and reached the summit in June 2011 with her husband by her side. And Harmony too, of course.

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'Pet books are all the rage just now – but there are fewer more re-bark-able tales than this one.' - News of the World

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ISBN-13:
9780007393589
Publisher:
HarperCollins UK
Publication date:
02/03/2011
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
393,094
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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'Pet books are all the rage just now - but there are fewer more re-bark-able tales than this one.' **** News of the World

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Sally Hyder was only 28 years old when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She was a keen mountaineer and had been training to be a Macmillan nurse to care for the terminally ill. Now confined to a wheelchair, Sally has help with everyday tasks from her Canine Partner, Harmony, who has enabled Sally to lead an independent life. Sally lives in Edinburgh with her husband, Andrew, her three children and Harmony.

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Finding Harmony: The Dog that Taught a Young Woman to Live Again 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am struggling with what to say in this review. Along with other reviewers, I had a hard time getting through the first half. I, too, thought I'd be reading a book about a dog and this was more a book about Sally Hyder's life...both before and after learning she had MS. At times I thought I didn't care about the early years, hurry up and get to the dog part. I also felt frustrated by how the story jumped around and was sometimes hard to follow. Once I realized this is more like reading her sometimes very personal diary (or a long letter to a friend), I relaxed and just went with it. In the end, I was glad I had stuck with it. Sally has had more challenges than some of us will ever have and she has gotten through all of them. I loved her sense of humor. It's a beautiful illustration of how her partner dog, Harmony, changes life not just for her but for her entire family. It paints a picture of how someone who has to rely on people for the everyday things we take for granted can suddenly realize some independence. But best of all, it's a great story about how someone/anyone can choose to overcome adversity and take on challenges that seem impossible. For me, the end made it all worth reading! Charge on, Sally!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't imagine being in a wheelchair all the time! It is amazing how a dog can make a person feel almost independent again. Not having to depend on others for everything is wonderful. What the trainers do to teach these animals is also amazing to me. Such patients and determination! This was a great read to me and hope others will read it and understand what the handicapped must go through in life.
LilGator More than 1 year ago
This book is just not well written. It's a nice story, but very short and simple sentences. I kept reading it expecting more. The dog doesn't even come into account until half way through the book.
jld47 More than 1 year ago
Although Harmony is a remarkable helper, found this book to be more about the author's life than the dog's.
jrwise52 More than 1 year ago
This story of how a service dog inspired a Scottish family is quite interesting, but suffers from poor organization and a lack of editting. A ghost writer would have helped. There is WAAAY too much background about the author's life - Harmony, the service dog from the title, doesn't make an appearance until half-way through the book. A couple of chapters would have been sufficient to set the stage for Harmony's appearance and impact on the family. The narrative of Harmony's abilities as a service animal is interesting but a somewhat bumpy read.
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The huge bear surveyed her land standing on her hill
Inspire26 More than 1 year ago
Finding Harmony was a personal read for me. This book helped me to find a way to express to myself & my family how I feel about my own MS. Sally Hyder brought tears to not only my eyes but my mothers as well. I decided to share with those I love the inner workings of my journey through Finding Harmony...I'd say they have a better understanding now & for that I am grateful. So, thank you Ms. Hyder for sharing your journey, your fears, & your inspiration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an inspirational book by an awesome woman who refused to let her disability get the better of her. I loved every page of it, but especially her accounts of acquiring Harmony and what a difference this remarkable dog made in her life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good book-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.
Sue68IN More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome story. I have several friends with this horrible disease. I bought a hard cover for one of them to enjoy.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a wonderful story not only about Harmony but how much hard work goes into training for the dog and the person that gets the dog. My favorite was the "cuddle" the Harmony gave and got. Good story about the trails and tribulations of someone in a wheelchair .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gets it! I could really understand what she was feeling when she first got Harmony. I went throuhg much the same when I first started using a Service Dog. She tells it like it is when you are in a place that isn't used to people having working dogs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you know anyone with MS this book is for you. I have even greater respect for the accomplishments that my friend with MS has made after reading this book. Very positive and inspiring story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read. A real eye opener to the assistance a dog can provide to someone in need.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will not only touch your heart but will teach your more about the beautiful bond between dogs and their people. If you so not know about service dogs, this is a very educational book. Tracy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very touching true story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
True beauty, grace and courage from start to finish
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I enjoyed this book,beginning to end.